Much of the world today has turned into a throw away society. You know, in the United States, some 50 years or more ago, this was not the case! If something was broken the first reaction was to get it fixed. Take it to the repairman! Send it to the service center. Today, though, many broken items just get thrown in the garbage without even a second thought!
Lots of people complain about Global Warming, abuse to the Environment, etc., but many of those same people throw out items that don’t work any longer! I know, because that is how I operated when I lived in the USA too. It is rare that you would even think of getting an item repaired when it stops working! Oh sure, for big items like a car or something, repair is the way to go, but for a $20 item or whatever, it is often easier to just chuck it and buy a new one. How much better off would our world be if we took the time to repair items instead of throwing them out.
Environmentally, this is very wasteful. Lots of items are made with plastic today, and that is derived from oil. So, if you buy plastics, most likely you are using petroleum products in the process. When that item gets thrown away, it is like a throwing out a bit of oil. It is also creating a bunch of waste that litters the planet.
Here in the Philippines, throwing something out is the very last step, and not done quickly or in haste! If the TV is not working any more – there are tons of repairmen who can fix it! A while back I had a transformer that went out in a puff of smoke for a telephone, that can be easily re-wound and fixed by a repairman. Almost anything that breaks, wears out, or for whatever reason stops working can usually be repaired. Sure, everything comes to the end of it’s useful life and ends up in the garbage, but instead of that happening in 3 or 4 years, it might be 3 or 4 decades here! Even items that can’t be repaired can often be put to some alternate use, and you can bet that a Filipino will find a way to use almost anything!
Did you know that repairs are very cheap too? That’s true. I can remember having things like an electric fan repaired for just P200 or P300 in the past. TV repair bills are cheap too. I have a 43 inch rear projection LCD TV that needed some fairly major repairs last year, including some spendy parts, and I paid less than P4,000 for the job, as I recall. A minor repair would be much less than that.
So, if you have things that need fixing, get the job done! Don’t throw it away, save money, save resources, and give the repairman a little extra income! You’ll be happy that you did!